「緑谷と死柄木」 (Midoriya to Shigaraki)
“Midoriya and Shigaraki”
And then, everything goes to hell.
The second day of the internships was fun, and I appreciate how we keep taking a moment to check in on other characters, both because they’re frequently amusing and because HeroAca’s strength has always been in its entire cast, even if Izuku still bears much of the story’s success. Seeing his training with Gran Torino, and how quickly he’s progressing, further expounded upon the differences between Deku and All Might. Izuku got his first hit on Gran Torino by diving under the couch, or to put another way, but taking control of the flow of the battle and forcing Gran Torino to react to him, rather than the other way around. His analysis and prediction is different from All Might’s overwhelming power. It’s a harder path, but also less stupid. There are things Izuku’s going to do that All Might could not, even if he’s not gonna be the Symbol of Peace in the same way All Might was. That’s good, though—All Might’s legend was vulnerable to one defeat, whereas Izuku’s will not. It’ll be more robust, even if he won’t be as reassuring of a symbol.
The conversation between Stain and the League of Villains is worthy of note only in how it led to the two factions being aligned, for now, even as they don’t agree in the least. Stain wants to purge heroes and villains, he believes the whole system is corrupt, and that “hero” ought to be an earned honor rather than a job title. Whereas Shigaraki, he just wants to burn it all down, and destroy those who upset him. Shigaraki’s chaos will further Stain’s goals, though, and besides, he can kill him anytime. This is most concerning for our protagonists because this is a strangely functional quasi-alliance. It’s not a typical “uneasy villain alliance” that could fall apart at any second, because it’s not really working as is. If it falls apart completely, it will be because Stain decides to kill Shigaraki. But it’s almost stable right now. There won’t be a wedge for the heroes to drive between the two factions, because they’re not really cooperating. That means, as the end of the episode shows, they can end up with two horrific threats operating at the same time, without any organizational weakness to exploit.
That’s . . . not good. To say the least.
I’m surprised that we didn’t get to hear whose DNA made up the original Nomu, though the reason became immediately clear when three more showed up. Holy heck, that escalated quickly! I did not expect Gran Torino and Izuku to get involved in an all-out crisis so soon, though that’s a good sign. The best stories often surprise by being more ambitious than assumed. It’s also awesome, because while Gran Torino and Izuku are both fairly well-suited to tackle the Nomus—Gran Torino because he’s fast enough to not get hit, and Izuku because he’s smart enough to outmaneuver them—this ain’t gonna be easy. All the Nomus are going to have multiple quirks, and be difficult to take down, even if they are dumb; they’re more like natural disasters than villains. Which means more fun for us viewers, woohoo!
Not so fun, though certainly compelling, is what’s happening with Iida. I’m glad that Manual (Ookuma Kenta) wasn’t so blind as to not see why Iida came to his hero agency, I just wish he hadn’t been so focused on the Nomu catastrophe as to notice Iida slipping away. I’m sure Manual would have gotten his ass whooped if he went up against Stain, but maybe his words would have snapped Iida out of his idiocy given a more serious situation, in a way this other guy doesn’t seem ready to do. Iida-kun finally taking up the name Ingenium while in pursuit of vengeance is an inauspicious start for the second hero to wear the name, and he’s going to take a lot of damage before he realizes what his brother would have wanted him to do. Hopefully he makes it out alive, and someone arrives to help him—though, given everything else that’s happening, Iida-kun may be on his own.
- More people need to check out the rooftops. Villains just chill up there. Catch them, they’re in plain sight!
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